There are a variety of spiritual traditions around the world who believe that certain numbers have specific meanings. Understanding these meanings can be interesting, but I am going to take it a step further… I will give you practical exercises that will help you make this understanding useful in your life!
In this post, we will be discussing the number 40.
In the Bible, during the flood, it rains for 40 days and 40 nights.
Again, in the Bible, Christ spends 40 days of fasting in a desert.
In both instances, there is the impression of adversity. Noah has to make it through the flood (on a boat full of animals)… and Christ is fasting in a desert while being tempted by the Devil. There are many other occurrences of the number 40 in the Bible. In addition, it is used as the basis of Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life (40 days to find your creator’s purpose for you)… and it is also brought up in Shadow Strategies of an American Ninja Master by Glenn Morris as the number of days of meditation necessary to awaken the kundalini energy.
We want to align the
- conscious mind (white dot) with the
- sub-conscious mind (black oval) to gain access to the
- Super-conscious mind (gray oval)…
Once your conscious and sub-conscious (I use ‘unconscious’ and ‘sub-conscious’ interchangeably) minds are in rapport, you will not only be bringing your full power to bare on the situation, you will also begin to receive help from the ‘other side’ (Higher Intelligence, Higher Power, God, Goddess, the Zero point energy field, whatever you like to call it). For more on this, check out my post The (simplified) Mystic Model of the Mind!
In order to create this rapport, you have to know how to connect your conscious and sub-conscious minds. This can be done with meditation or prayer, assuming you have a process for doing so:
- sit upright
- breathe deeply
- close your eyes
- relax physically
- relax mentally
- count yourself down from 10 to 1
- encourage yourself to “relax”, “go deeper”, and “let go”
- if you like, once you are in a deep state of mind-body relaxation, you can bring a problem/challenge/project up inside your mind. Notice how it is currently, what you would like to change, and then focus on the project completed exactly as you would like it to be
- when you are finished, you can count yourself back up, or you can simply go about the rest of your day bringing some of this relaxed, alert state along with you!
Usually, with about 10 hours of training with this method, you can create bridges from the conscious to the unconscious mind (using brainwave entrainment can yield even stronger results).
Traditionally, it was thought that it took 30 days or longer to create a habit. Modern research has reduced the amount of time needed to establish a habit to 21 days. Assuming you are practicing every day, you can get your sub-conscious mind on board for a new behavior (mental, physical, or emotional), in just 21 days.
My opinion, is that it is still wise to go to 40… this gives a deeper conditioning effect, and tends to help you allow yourself to more fully commit to the process…
But what is the ‘spiritual’ meaning of the number 40?
With 40 days of consistent practice, not only have you created a habit… you are beginning to bring something beyond yourself into the process.
Earlier, I mentioned ‘adversity’. Building habits (or breaking them) is not easy. In the Bible, Christ was tempted by the Devil. You may feel like ‘the Devil is tempting you’ not to follow the path…. but you have to keep going!
Some of the most powerful experiences in my life have been times where I
Accept the adversity, and Keep Going!
It isn’t complicated, but you have to stick with the process. You can use your imagination to focus on the aspects of the process you love, and to mentally create all the amazing results you will gain when you stick with the process…
The Bible also states “The Lord helps those who help themselves…”
Too much prayer (and meditation for that matter) is just endless supplication and begging for stuff…
There is nothing wrong with asking for help, but if you really want help, show Higher Power that you are serious…
Make a commitment of Forty days…
and not only will you begin to truly understand the spiritual meaning of the number, you will receive more help than you can imagine!